MBA's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee sponsors "best practices" program

Issue February 2014

On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Massachusetts Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee sponsored a "best practices" program for law students and attorneys at the MBA's offices in Boston.

This program shared tips and insights to help attorneys maximize their ADR experience. Attorneys Jeffrey S. Stern and Francis J. Lynch III led an interactive dialogue between the experienced mediation professionals on the MBA ADR Committee and attorneys who appear in mediation (or wanted to learn how).

Topics included how to prepare a client for mediation, what is the right balance between zealous advocacy and respecting the more cooperative nature of mediation, what are the best techniques for breaking impasse, what is the right time to mediate, what kind of mediator do attorneys and their clients want, and abuse of the mediation process.

The next ADR best practices program is scheduled for Thursday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St, Boston.